Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Last-Minute Easy Super Bowl Snack!

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HI everyone! I am not a huge sports fan, unless is the Olympics and the World Cup, other than that I always tend to forget what´s when, hence my super last minute post on these. But I thought I´d share anyways, because not only are these practical, yummy and no baking needed, I mean…why not!

INGREDIENTS & TOOLS USED FOR THESE:
-       ½ cup Semi Sweet Hershey´s Chocolate Chips.
-       2 tablespoon of white chocolate
-       15-20 nuts.
-       Tray
-       Wax paper
-       Ziploc bag
-       Toothpick
-       Fork

Quantities are optional and approximate; once you watch the video I explain a bit more of that. Have a super fun time, and happy snacking!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine's Day Nails: The Sweet & Anti-Valentine´s

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Hello! Whether you celebrate Valentine´s Day or not I have something for ya´ll. I honestly wasn´t sure if posting these two in the same post, because they are kind of opposite, but then, its kind of the same subject and for the same purpose which is showing an easy design for an occasion, so here we go.

THE SWEET
The first one is all about love and celebrating this day. This one has sweet little hearts that are so easy to paint. Perfect for those who want to have a cute design, that´s subtle but still there!




TOOLS:

-       Sand Tropez by Essie
-       No Hard Feeling by Sally Hansen
-       Love Rocks by Sally Hansen
-       White on by Sally Hansen
-       Winner takes it all by Maybelline
-       Nail Hardener by Sally Hansen
-       Toothpick
-       Thin brush DIY here.

HOW-TO HERE: 





ANTI-VALENTINE´S

The second one is for those who don´t celebrate it, and are pretty much against it. Mainly because they don´t like all the drama of the day, or because they think it´s all cheesy, and pretty boring when you don´t have a partner. They think it´s all about merchandizing more than actual feelings. They usual go by the saying of “Love Sucks”, this is for them!




TOOLS AND POLISHED USED:

-       Base Coat by Beauty Secrets
-    Black Out by Sally Hansen
-       No Hard Feeling by Sally Hansen
-       Love Rocks by Sally Hansen
-       Red Acrylic Paint because I run out of red nail polish
-       Nail Hardener by Sally Hansen
-       Dotting Tool DIY here.
-       Thin brush DIY here.

HOW-TO HERE:




PERSONAL CHOISE:

For me I am a little bit of both. I use to be against it, I am not going to lie, but then I realized, that I like love, I love my family, my boyfriend and friends. The thing that would bother me is all the merchandizing everywhere. Stores that would make you buy stuff so you can “tell someone you love them” when in reality it shouldn´t be a matter of either money or a special date. Love should be shown daily, and you shouldn’t have to buy something to tell someone how special he or she is. Details are essential, but they don´t necessarily cost. It also is a huge remainder of how important someone thinks having a partner is, when no one should feel pressured if they don´t have a partner. Love isn´t exclusive for a partner, love is for everyone/something important in one´s life. I mean, is not the same love you have for your family, than you do for your partner, but it´s still love. Yes, I totally said something, because sometimes we love object. Nothing wrong with that I think: A dress we treasure, a photo of an especial occasion, a letter, a movie ticket that reminds us to something special. etc.

Another think that would bother me before, is everything turns red and pink. I guess I am not that girly, and I prefer something a bit more classy, modern and a bit edgy, so a black and white, neutrals or colorful store calls my attention way more than an “all pink” one.  But that´s just me I suppose.

Anyways, enough of me rambling. I just needed to express how I feel about love, and about Valentine´s Day in particular.


Happy always. Love always. Do you like/celebrate Valentine´s Day? If so, how?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chocolate Hearts | Valentine´s Day Gift Idea

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Hi everyone! Even though I particularly don´t celebrate Valentine´s Day, I still wanted to share this idea for all those who do celebrate it. These ones are not exclusive to that date, but because they look so romantic and have such decadent flavors, they go pretty well for Valentine´s Day. I would say they are kind of ideal for it.

I can totally imagine 3 scenarios with them.
The romantic one: a couple, having some wine after a romantic dinner and these little hearts as treats.
The familiar:  A family in a family gathering on a Saturday afternoon, after lunch, enjoying them.
The wedding guests: A few friends enjoying them, after having the man course, at their best friend´s small wedding.

INGREDIENTS:
-       10-12 Nuts, chopped. But you can add less or more. It all depends on how many nuts you want to add.
-       ½ cup Semisweet Hershey's Chocolate Chips. I used the ones that come with tempering instructions at the back.
-       1/3 cup chopped Mixed Berries, chunky pieces.

Now, I did use frozen berries, but next time I will be definitely be using fresh ones. Watch the following step-by-step tutorial to find out why. Happy heart-making!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

DIY M&M Phone Case | Valentine´s Day Gift Idea

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Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share this Cell Phone case I did for my 7-year-old niece. I wanted to give her something M&M related because I know how much she loves that stuff (and I love them too, so delish). I went with the red M&M because, she´s this sassy little girl (I think red goes better with that), she loves red, green and brow and Valentine´s Day is almost here, so why not giving away or rocking a red cell phone case for that holiday? You know, people give those chocolate in that day anyway, why not go a bit further.

MATERIALS:
-       Pencil and eraser.
-       Different size brushes.
-       Piece of paper or plastic. Basically any surface you don´t mind getting messy.
-       Big dotting tool, the back of a brush will work.
-       X-acto knife.
-       Acrylic paints: Red, white, black, green, orange, blue, yellow and brown.
-       Spray gloss.

Here is the how-to. Happy painting and let me know, what is your fave M&M?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Alice In Wonderland Cookies

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I love Alice in Wonderland, the cartoon, and the other day I was watching it and I totally got inspired to recreate the cookies she takes out of a cookie container:




Now, that scene was pretty damn fast but I could pause it on time (sort of) take a screenshot and tried to recreate what I saw.

To make these I used:

-       Round with details on the edges and start Cookies. I used my chocolate cookie dough recipe.
-       Royal Icing recipe here. In 20 to 25 sec consistency.
-       Rollin pin with space bands DIY here.
-       Scribe tool DIY here.
-       Ziploc bags.
-       Yellow, black, purple, pink, brown gel food coloring. I use and recommend AmeriColor brand.
-       Gold disco dust.
-       Small brush.
-       Almond extract.

Here is how I made them. Happy Baking!




This is the ugly duck of the whole bunch. There is always one that doesn´t really work and doesn´t make it, this is it! I was going for a quilting design, maybe next time!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Sorry for the ultra bad quality of this photos, I used my filming camera to take them. I didn´t bring my photo camera with me. 


Hi everyone!
With this post I welcome year 2015 to my blog (still can´t believe how fast was 2014). But because of the weather in some places is still pretty chilly, if not freezing, a good-old-fashion single cup of hot chocolate is the answer to the weather I wanted to share this one.

-       INGREDIENTS USED –
- 1 cup soy milk. I regularly don´t like soymilk on its own, but with this recipe it tastes good.
- 1 tablespoon of chocolate powder.
- ½ tablespoon of light brown sugar. Add more sugar to make it sweeter.
- 5 nuts, chopped.
- 1 cinnamon stick.
 ** Remember if you don´t like/have the ingredients I used, personalize it to your own liking.

Mix everything together, warm it up either on stove or microwave. Serve, add nuts and cinnamon, and enjoy.
I made a tinny video of the whole process. Stay warm and enjoy!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Year´s Cookies!

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Hello Everyone!
It is still pretty cray cray to me how dang fast this year has gone. Every month flew by so fast, that, or maybe I´m busier. Either way we are now concluding this year.

I made a lot of resolutions for year 2014 that I honestly didn´t do. I gotta keep it real this time, as much as I would like to travel to Africa this year too, I am doing simpler resolutions for 2015. Things I know depends on me if I do them or not. Like baking more stuff, fun stuff other than just cookies, but cupcakes, more cakes, I don´t know, there are zillion recipes out there and I feel I only got around to do cookies. I will still bake cookies that´s for sure, but I will try more recipes this year. More fun DIYs, I have no shame and the only excuse I have for this is called procrastination. Not a real excuse, so, that´s got to go. One nail art per month, I thought of quitting because my nails are short and my hands are ugly, but then I got over myself, and maybe someone else out there is into my ideas nail art, and ya know…whoever likes it will like it, and those who don´t, well, they wont. As simple as that. As deep as that.

More phone cases. I love doing those things and I only got to paint 2! I still have plenty ideas, that I will for sure try next year.

My other resolutions: cooking more, more exercise, more water, more reading, socializing less with YouTube and my computer and more with other humans. Stepping back of my comfort zone as much as I can. It´s ok to know one is introvert. It´s not so good to just want to live your life alone, that´s what I think. For now that´s all, which is a lot, for me!

Anyways, this is going to be my last idea (for this 2014 year!). It´s super duper easy I promise that and definitely wrapping up the year with one of the best recipes and ingredients I have tried this year.

FOR THIS WE´LL NEED:
-       Cookie dough recipe here
-       Chopped Nuts
-       Number cookie cutter, or if you don´t own any, just make them yourself. In the video below I explain how).
-       Water
-       Brush

Free step-by-step video where I explain how to bake them! Happy New year´s and Happy baking!